The Genetics Programme contains around 90 staff, a figure that includes four fully integrated research groups from the Division of Plant Sciences University of Dundee. Our work focuses on the genetics of three groups of crops, potatoes, soft fruits and barley, associated with a number of research activities that incorporate work and/or information from model species. A dedicated bioinformatics capability underpins all of our activities and we maintain strong interactions with Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland who provide analytical expertise and statistical rigour to work throughout the programme. Genetics scientific management is currently based on five research themes that reflect our main areas of activity.


Link to the Biodiversity pageBiodiversity (Leader: Joanne Russell)

We are investigating the link between sequence variation, recombination and linkage disequilibrium and quantifying biological diversity of native and endangered species.


Link to the Genetics and Breeding pageGenetics and Breeding (Leader: Glenn Bryan)

Translating discoveries from applied-basic research into tangible deliverables that have commercial or societal impact is a key area of our work.


Link to the Genes and Development pageGenes and Development (Leader: Craig Simpson)

We investigate basic biological processes that underpin aspects of plant development, morphology and response to environmental stimuli.


Link to the Genome Biology pageGenome Biology (Leader: Glenn Bryan)

We are conducting large-scale investigations across whole genomes and targeted genome segments to identify genes underlying important traits.


Link to the Bioinformatics and Platform Technologies pageBioinformatics and Platform Technologies

Bioinformatics, sequencing, transformation and other aspects of functional genomics are key components of all contemporary biological research, and underpin research throughout the Genetics programme.